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Umbria Jazz 50th Edition

From 7 to 16 July 2023, the event that has marked the history of music, in terms of musical quality and the involvement of the territory, by becoming the most important European jazz festival, returns to Perugia: Umbria Jazz.

A unique festival in the Italian and world panorama that has been able to renew itself and that today continues to attract a varied and expert audience. A dream that began in 1973, which this year will lead to a surprising edition to celebrate its 50th anniversary together.

Opening the big event, on the main stage of the Santa Giuliana Arena, on 7 July there will be a legend of world music: Bob Dylan, who will present his album 'Rough and Rowdy Days', described by most international critics as one of his best albums released in recent years.

On 8 July it will be the turn of the great pianist Stefano Bollani with a journey through the keys of the piano that is renewed every evening, followed by Kyle Eastwood who will celebrate his illustrious parent Clint Eastwood with a new version of the soundtracks of his great films.

On 9 July, singer Somi will build a bridge between her African roots and the American jazz and soul scene, to open the return of a true music icon of the last six decades, not only of jazz, Herbie Hancock. While on 10 July the songwriter of catchy themes and enthralling performer Mika will return.

On 11 July, great jazz with Brad Mehldau, today one of the most accomplished and accomplished pianists, in a trio with Larry Grenadier on double bass, Jeff Ballard on drums, and the Branford Marsalis quartet, formed in 1986 and still active almost continuously and stable in the line up, producing a series of extraordinary records in this period.

On 12 July, Rhiannon Giddens, an intelligent and sensitive artist who delves deep into the roots of American popular music, and not only, in a duo with guitarist and fellow Italian Francesco Turrisi, and Snarky Puppy, whose music eludes all attempts at classification precisely because of their ability to focus on the sounds of contemporaneity with extreme ease.

On 13 July, Ben Harper, with the Innocent Criminals: since his debut album Welcome To The CruelWorld (1994) Ben Harper has released an extraordinary series of records that has consecrated him as a songwriter of unique power and a performer capable of spanning genres with the unparalleled ability to mix the personal and the political.

On 14 July, Stewart Copeland, universally recognised as the drummer of the Police, will take the stage with an ambitious orchestral project, called Police Deranged for Orchestra, in homage to the legendary trio, covering the historic songs (Roxanne, Don't Stand So Close To Me, Message in a Bottle and many other hits) in a new form. He will perform with Umbria Jazz Orchestra & Perugia Chamber Orchestra.

And again on 15 July, it will be the turn of jazz pianist and vibraphonist Paolo Conte, an indispensable part of jazz history, while on 16 July, the only date in Italy, a great rocker, equally great bluesman, often both: Joe Bonamassa is simply one of the greatest guitarists ever, who fuses heart and musical intelligence with a profound culture of popular music.

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